Sunday, March 04, 2007

My First PBR Experience

Wow, last night I had the time of my life!

Witnessing real cowboys on real bulls without commericals has to be one of the best experiences I've had yet!!

This has been a goal of mine for over twelve years; to go to an official PBR event. (Professional Bull Riders)

Finally one came close to home, and with only two days to purchase tickets, I wasn't expecting a decent seat. Surprise!
We weren't that far from the shutes and although we were far up in the bleachers, it wasn't like we were seeing ants. We had a perfect view of the bulls, the cowboys and arena.

The only drawback was that my camera's zoom didn't have the best picture taking ability from so high up. But I'll share with you some of my excitement.
I didn't know what to expect. Would my asthma kick up because of animal dander and/or hay?
Would it smell? The answers to both is NO. I was able to enjoy the experience in fine form. Not so fine a form as the bullriders, though. *grin*

Live PBR vs. TV.
Live has AWESOME music tracks,
Intermission entertainment called KISS CAM - where anyone showing up on the Big Screen had to smooch for the camera *wink* --(no, I didn't get the opportunity),

You get to see what the cowboys do after the camera swings away from them.

Live has instant playback just like football.
Live has the additional entertainment of the crowd and their antics. (I'll get to THAT later)

Live has the Bulls - close up and personal. There's a lot of power in those beasts and you really appreciate them when you are that up close and personal. Of course, no where NEAR as close as the bullriders get.

TV has commercials.

Edited comments and views.TV has you remotely viewing without getting the full effect.
I vote for FULL EFFECT everytime. Whenever PBR comes back into my neck of the woods, I'm going back. Live is much, much better.


How do you prod a recalcitrant bull to go back into the pens?

Very carefully.

That's why there's always a guy on a horse with a rope.

Is that horse called a Palomino?

Cute horse!

The thing I liked about this event or any PBR event is that the bull has a chance against man. The bull fighting in Spain only has one outcome for the bull. I'm uncomfortable with that.
Here, at the PBR, the battle between bull and man is challenging for both. Sure, man can get hurt, perhaps even die, *shudder*, but for the most part, they both survive to have a rematch on another day.


Dru said...

I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and I love your comparison between "live" or TV. So, tell us, how did those bullriders look from the backside?

Daisy Dexter Dobbs said...

Wow, Michele, how fascinating! I've never seen anything like this in person. It must have been SO exciting!

Michele said...

LOL, Dru!!
Happy Birthday, BTW.
How do they look? Besides sore?
Oh, fine! Just fine. Not an out of shape guy in the whole lot.
Check out
Adriano Moraes
Gerardo Venegas
Sevi Torturo
Guilherme Marchi

Just to name a few. *wink*

Hi There, Daisy!!

Did I enjoy myself?
Make that an effusive YES!
I have more pics and a few stories to share next blog.
There was so much richness to the experience, one blog isn't enough.
I hope you're able to go to a PBR event just once.
Nothing beats the real thing.

Thanks for stopping by.

Brandy said...

I am so glad you had a good time! Like you, I'm not happy about the Bull thing in Spain, this does seem a nice alternative.
I bet you'll be dreaming of cowboys for a while! *g*

Annalee Blysse said...

Adriano is my hero.

He's so cute.

I heard he was talking to those women reporters after one of his rides and admitted that he's been seeing a shrink so he can get his head screwed on straight and ride bulls better.

Then they interview Ty Murray (I think) and old Ty said that is the stupidest thing he ever heard. Adriano is one of the toughest guys alive. He's a good bull rider. What's he doing asking desk jockeys about how to ride bulls.

Got me laughing.

But still, Adriano is my hero.

Dru said...

Thanks Michele for the birthday wish.

Adriano Moraes is quite a handsome cowboy.

Kristen Painter said...

Very cool. I've been to a rodeo as a child, but I don't think it was anything like this.